Denise Young Smith to head diversity initiatives at Apple with new VP role

May 22, 2017
It seems that Apple might soon be making more of an effort to increase diversity within the company, with human resources VP Denise Young Smith apparently taking on a new role in that arena. Formerly Vice President, Worldwide Talent and Human Resources, Smith now works under a newly-created title: Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.

According to 9to5Mac, Smith will continue to report to Apple CEO Tim Cook:

The executive shuffle will see the creation of a new VP role for Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity team with Smith reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Sources say Smith has long had a passion for diversity initiatives at the company and the newly created position reflects an increased focus on the company’s efforts.

Apple SVP and CFO Luca Maestri will reportedly temporarily fill in for Smith at the now-vacant VP role for human resources.

Previously, Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity fell under the Human Resources umbrella and was led by a director, reporting to Smith in…

This is what the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will look like

We already know that Apple is getting ready to release a 10.5″ iPad Pro, to sit between the already available 9.7 and 12.9 Pro’s on the market, and we have a good guess that Apple will do it at its developer conference between June 5 and 9.

But we haven’t seen the device in any shape or form, until today. Thanks to models given to case manufacturers (usually a credible place to get leaks) we get our first look at what the new iPad Pro will look like.

There’s still a front-placed home-button-slash-TouchID-sensor, a camera lens in the top left corner along with an LED flash, and three…

You won’t empty your wallet for studio-grade headphones with the Status Audio HD One’s at $30

May 22, 2017
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time bringing you studio-grade headphones for much less!

Wireless headphones have grown in popularity lately, but wired headphones are still invaluable for many since they don’t need to be charged, offer a more reliable connection and more. Over-the-ear headphones can range in price from around $10 to over $300, depending what you are looking for. If quality is the main concern for you, but you don’t want to go broke buying a new set of headphones, we’ve got just the deal for you. Status Audio, a company that specializes in high-quality affordable headphones, is currently offering its HD One wired headphones for just $29.92 with coupon code THRFTR32.

So, you’ve never heard of Status Audio? Don’t worry, these headphones have a 4.3 out of 5-star rating at Amazon with over 700 reviews, and the company’s other headphones, the CB-1, maintain a 4.8 out of 5-star rating with over 250 reviews. With the HD One’s you’ll get:

THE STATUS AUDIO ADVA…

Embrace.io raises $2.5M to track mobile app performance

Embrace.io team Embrace.io says it can help developers understand the performance of their apps — and determine whether things like bugs or slow load times are actually driving users away. The company just announced that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, BoxGroup and others. CEO Eric Futoran (pictured… Read More

Surface Laptop vs. MacBook: Which should you buy?

May 22, 2017
Should you buy a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook… or Surface Laptop? Now that Microsoft is in the notebook business, you have more options to consider than ever!

At first glance, Surface Pro looks like a MacBook Air with a Retina display and is priced like one too. Start adding options, though, and you quickly reach MacBook Pro pricing. But with only one port, like a MacBook, but USB-A rather than the newer USB-C. So, depending on how you look at it, Surface Laptop might be the best of all the MacBook worlds. Or the worst.

Which is it?

TL;DR: Do you need to run macOS?

If you know you want to run macOS, you have to get a Mac. If you want to run Windows, you can get a Surface Laptop or a Mac — the latter lets you run both. Keep reading the rest for more details, but if running Mac software, including developing for iOS, are key to you, your decision tree is already done.

Surface Laptop vs. 13-inch MacBook Air

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop looks like a MacBook Air, i…

Honor Band A2 unveiled: now with screen and a heart rate sensor

Huawei unveiled its latest smartband – the Honor Band A2 – following up on the Band A1 from last year. The major additions this year are a 0.96″ OLED screen and a heart rate sensor, making the Band much more capable than before.

Fitness tracking functions include a pedometer, exercise tracker, sleep tracker and a sedentary reminder. The Honor Band A2 is IP67-rated, enough to survive encounters with water but not really meant for swimming.

Honor Band A2

The screen also allows it to show notifications from an Android (4.4+) or iOS (8.0+) device. You should be able to get 9 days…

T-Mobile outs call failure fix for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5

May 22, 2017

Two new small updates are now being rolled out by T-Mobile for Samsung smartphones. Each of these updates addresses an issue with Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 where users experience call failure.

The roll-out of both updates should be in full swing now, as T-Mobile announced their availability on May 21. The changelog is the same for both smartphones: “Intermittent call failure fix, Android 7.0 Nougat for users still on DQC2.”

However, the software build number is different, so if you own the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5, then you should be looking …

Gartner: Samsung and Apple still top 2 in Q1, but Huawei closes the gap

Global smartphone sales jumped to 380 million devices in Q1 2017. The number marks a 9% rise from the same period in 2016, according to analyst company Gartner. Samsung and Apple keep their top positions, but Chinese companies Huawei, Oppo, and vivo are accountable for almost a quarter of all global sales.

Samsung still leads comfortably, but experienced a decline in amount of devices shipped due to the discontinued Galaxy Note7. Apple is the second, but its sales remained flat, which meant it lost ground in the growing market.

The following three companies all grew handsomely with…